Freelance Book Reviewer at Midnight Book Girl
I picked this audio up awhile ago, saving it for a time when I was in the mood for something cute and magical. This book delivered that, although it definitely had a darker side.
The town of Nodaway Falls felt cozy mystery charming, and someday I will make the Hubs move to a smaller, quainter town than where we currently live. Where, no doubt, I will suddenly discover that I have latent magical abilities, or that I'm actually quite crafty. I also loved the romantic tension between Olivia and Tobias. Although, authors, please. Stop trying to make the name Tobias sexy. It's not sexy. It's an old pervy man's name.
Friendship plays a large role in the book too. Despite the fact that it soon sours, I loved that Olivia met up with her friends Peach, Millie and Stacey weekly for drinks and confession. The difference between the women was nice, but still made sense that they would connect. However, some of the secrets and jealousy lingering beneath the surface were plain troubling.
The magic in the book is unique, or at least it's new to me. There's daytime magic users and nighttime magic users, and I like the constraints and problems the magic rules caused. Watching Olivia discover her magic and her true history was both fun and interesting- you have to love ceramic mug bunnies and paper birds!
I didn't expect this book to be as dark as it was in places, but I think it needed the higher stakes involved. It's not a perfect book by any means, sometimes the characters felt a little immature or silly. But because the book has such a great narrator, it helped me overlook issues that I might have worried more about had I read the book in print.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi! When I bought this book on Audible it was before I became a huge fan of Ronconi, but she's the main reason I finally listened to it. I had just finished another audio narrated by her and wasn't quite ready to move to a new narrator, event though the two books were both magical romances. Like I said, this book had some flaws, but with a great narration it's easy to just go with the flow and enjoy the fun and magic!
I enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the story line. Caught myself laughing several times.
If you enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, you might enjoy this book. Good narration, interesting story.
Best: It was generally a nice story
Least: It was listed as a romance. But the amount of romance in this book is minuscule.
It starts out with promise, but fizzles in the romance department through the vast majority of the story line. It only picks up at the very very end, which just is very unsatisfying for a romance reader.
Maybe, if I didn't have anything else to do. I wouldn't postpone other things to see this.
This may be a matter of Audible incorrectly classifying this story. It's much more of a fantasy and should not be advertised as a romance. It doesn't have enough romance in it to qualify it as such.
Amanda Ronconi's narration is excellent and witty as always.
Everything is great, the different voices and characters, the feeling that I'm there with them, one of their friends, her realistic delivery makes you able to believe in magic
Loved the story too! While they still speak and sound southern I was excited to listen to a magical story about Western New Yorkers since my hometown is Buffalo. The accent could be better but I like Ronconi's voice enough not to care.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I understand other comments about Lucy March seeming to be a lot like Molly Harper, but Molly usually doesn't make me cry... This is a story about a girl who thinks her life is normal and boring, but suddenly a strange woman shows up and everything changes. I liked that before I could be annoyed at figuring out the ending, I got caught up in the story and forgot - and then that was only a small part anyway. The characters, even the "bad" ones, are likeable. The story is sad in places, but plausible, and some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud.
The main character's self-deprecating humour is definitely similar to Molly Harper, and references to Tennessee are close to Kentucky, but this is not the same. This goes a little deeper, a little darker, and people die.
I think Betty is my favorite character. I want to be like her when I'm ancient like her. I also like that the story has room for the next book, but if I never read it, it's OK. No cliffhangers. But I do want to know what happens in the town of Nodaway, in the next book. If I could ask for anything, it would be more information on Tobias, as he is awfully enigmatic, with a totally mysterious past, but maybe in the next book? Same for Cain (Kane?)
Definite good things Lucy March did: all the names are very different, so no confusion there. Action scenes are clearly explained, strange things mentioned at the beginning are pretty well explained along the way. The main character was indecisive at times, and sometimes stupid!, but not whiny.
I just wonder what else we would have gotten if Lucy March had been allowed about 50 more pages. It feels like she cut it a little short, and didn't quite polish all the rough edges out.
I doubt I need to say it, but the narrator is AWESOME, as always. :-)
Felt story was so far fetched it took away from the enjoyment of the ride. Amanda Ronconi is a fabulously funny and upbeat reader and made it enjoyable for me.
Slow start, almost slow enough to make me give up, but glad I didn't. It picked up and worked into the most amazing story of magic and magicals, I love the difference between the two and how the line is drawn. I saw the twist coming but it still worked well into the story line even expecting it.
As always I ADORE Amada Ronconi, her voice is just perfect for these style stories. I am more then ready for the second book and hope there will eventually be a third.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I greatly enjoy fun, light hearted books. They are fretting. Though I use the term refreshing, the story still has suspense & a bit of mystery. Its a nice balance.
I downloaded this book based upon the narrater. I enjoy her telling of the story and the story its self is a good one.
I had been looking for a new series that would be a little bit romance, a little bit suspense, and a little bit paranormal, with a splash of humor. Lucy March delivers.
As always, Amanda Ronconi's interpretation of the characters and the story is spot on.
If you like they way Molly Harper injects the paranormal into an otherwise normal world, or the way Rhys Bowen's heroines seem to manifest a quiet strength, or Tate Halloway's quirky sense of humor, then you will probably this.